Stittsville, Ontario-based Richmond Meats has pleaded guilty in the provincial court in Ottawa to three counts of violating the Food and Drugs Act and one count of violating the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act. 

The company was fined a total of C$25,000 (US$16,476) and from Richmond, Giuseppe Joe Ieradi pleaded guilty to violating the same counts and was fined a total of C$2,000.

Retail Food Inspectors from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) discovered during a routine inspection in September 1999 that the company had:
*Sold "Boneless Rib Steak" as a superior quality meat cut;
*Sold "ham steak" without showing the common name of the food on the store display panel;
*Sold a "Toupie Style ham" packaged product without a packaging date on the label; and
*Sold "Wax Bologna" labelled and priced at a weight of 4530g, when it actually weighed 4445g.